Promotion of renewable energy – Development of the biomass market in Serbia

Donor: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Partners: Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME), Office for Public Investment (PIMO), Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia (SECO)

Project period: Since 2017

Challenges

  • Energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product in Serbia is four times higher than in Central Europe and continues to increase.
  • The transformation of the energy sector from dependency on fossil fuels towards climate-friendly production and more efficient use of energy poses major financial challenges to Serbia.
  • Lack of funds in the Serbian energy sector prevents the financing of urgently needed investments, especially in the area of modern environmental technologies.
  • Energy production, which is based primarily on lignite, is harmful to the environment as well as the climate due to high pollutant emissions.
  • The enormous potential for the use of climate-friendly energy generation has hardly been exploited so far.

Approach

Development of a locally sustainable bioenergy market by improving capacities and framework conditions for sustainable bioenergy use. The project involves the conversion from fossil to biomass boilers fired with wood.

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Results

The project:

  • is considered an important building block for the EU integration of Serbia,
  • contributes to CO2 and SO2 emission savings,
  • enables the development and use of renewable energy resources and thus the reduction of fossil fuels,
  • improves access to climate-friendly, efficient and reliable heat supply,
  • stabilises Serbia’s energy supply through increased diversification in power generation,
  • reduces polluting energy imports,
  • with its signal character has positive effects on Serbian investments in renewable energies,
  • makes a contribution to global climate protection.

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